Cups that Cheered: Bell Beakers and Alcohol in Bronze Age Europe
Evidence for fermented beverages in Bronze Age Beaker pots is limited. But this overview will show that Beakers were indeed used for alcohol in libations and during social occasions.
4 April 2023
Roman Wine in a Cambridgeshire Grave
A chance discovery of a grave led to the most important Iron Age find in Cambridgeshire for years. Discover more about wine amphorae, grave goods, and what they can tell us about Iron Age Europe.
14 March 2023
Dragons, Monk’s Caps, and Butter Tea: The Duomuhu
What can drinking vessels tell us about historical changes and relationships? I explore the trajectory of one such vessel, a 多穆壶 (duomuhu), and what it tells us about the politics of the Chinese Empire.
7 March 2023
Fancy a drink? Chicha: An Ancient Maize-Based Fermented Brew
In the pre-Columbian world, chicha (a maize brew) was a prominent alcoholic beverage. I search the collections at MAA for maize-related objects and speculate their relationship to this ancient brew.
6 December 2022